Thursday, October 11, 2007

Olympic National Park -Hurricane Ridge (Day 1)

On Monday morning I left Port Townsend and headed towards Olympic National Park. I decided to just drive right through the towns of Sequim and Port Angeles, because I couldn't wait to get to the park. I love National Parks!

Olympic National Park is beautiful! I wasn't really sure what to expect when I went, but I got to learn a lot along the way. I first went to Port Angeles Visitor Center to pick up maps and ask questions. It turns out that was a good thing to do, because the other visitor centers were closed for the season, except for a few weekend dates. They recommended right away to head towards Hurricane Ridge, especially since it was a clear day. It's a 17-mile great drive right up the mountain. By the way, Dad and Uncle Jim, I'm glad I got the 6-cylinder Rav-4 because it handled the mountain very easily! At the top of Hurricane Ridge is a great spot to see the mountainous parts of the park. There are also a few trails that I explored. It was only 29 degrees out at the top, so it was good to hike and warm up a bit, but I didn't mind getting back into the warm car at the end!

In the pictures, you can see Mount Olympus on the left side of the main picture, with a wide glacier between it's top points, and then on the right side of the picture, at the other glacier, is Mount Carrie.


curiouscat said...

Nice post. I agree, take a clear day and go to Hurricane Ridge. The rest of the park is great too. See photos from my visit to Olympic National Park

Kari Joy, RN said...

Thanks for your comment! Yes, it sure is a beautiful park. I was fortunate enough to explore around for a few days and got lots of great pictures. I checked out your travel site, and especially loved the pictures of Africa, which is a place near and dear to my heart.